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Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Courtney E. Alvarez

Courtney E. Alvarez


Lowenstein Sandler LLP
D.C., U.S.A.

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Courtney represents corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes relating to directors and officers liabilities, government investigations, professional errors and omissions liabilities, products liabilities, and environmental liabilities. She has successfully implemented legal strategies to obtain favorable coverage results for a range of clients, including defense contracting firms, financial services firms, automobile parts manufacturers, government-sponsored enterprises, and regulated utilities, as well as individual directors and officers.

Courtney has successfully worked on teams that have achieved favorable summary judgment decisions on dispositive issues for clients, and she has prepared mediation statements that ultimately resulted in settlement of her clients' claims. Courtney's experience includes drafting opening pleadings, written discovery, and depositions; conducting meet and confer conferences; and successfully moving to compel discovery. She has also handled all aspects of insurance coverage claims, from drafting notice letters to responding to insurer investigatory reservation of rights letters and insurer claim denials.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    District of Columbia


Howard University School of Law (J.D. 2011)
Villanova University (B.A. 2008)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Represents a leading deposit insurance organization seeking payment of insurance proceeds in connection with dozens of lawsuits filed in more than seven states against failed banks' directors and officers for negligence, gross negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Representing a Fortune 50 design and manufacturing company seeking defense and indemnity coverage for lawsuits claiming damages arising from an allegedly defective manufacturing process.

Representing a leading manufacturing company seeking insurance coverage for environmental liabilities.

Represented the largest managed care organization in the Pacific Northwest in a lawsuit to obtain insurance coverage for class actions alleging civil RICO violations.

Speaking Engagements

Lowenstein Sandler is co-hosting a Cyber Day Seminar with The National Law Journal entitled "Strategies for Managing Cyber Risk and Maximizing Insurance Recoveries." Catherine SerafinCourtney Alvarez; SA Donald L. Cavender, Major Cyber Crime Squad CY5, FBI Washington Field Office; and Charles P. Bellingrath, National Practice Leader: Privacy, Network Security, ARC Excess & Surplus LLC will participate in the panel discussion. The presentation will provide insight from three different perspectives: an FBI expert, an experienced insurance broker, and experienced lawyers who represent policyholders.

Lowenstein Sandler is hosting its third breakfast seminar with ALM entitled "Best Practices for Insurance Placement and Claims Resolution." Andrew M. Reidy and Courtney Alvarez will be co-presenting with Dennis Love and Timothy Monahan of Lockton. Panelists will provide insight from two different perspectives. Experienced insurance brokers will discuss common placement issues and how to settle claims without litigation, while our insurance coverage lawyers will highlight frequently litigated placement issues and how to maximize your insurance recovery.

You have an insurance claim and management wants a quick but fair resolution with the insurance company. What steps should you take to best position the matter for settlement? What will get your claim resolved more promptly? Are there different strategies to consider for claims in litigation and those not in litigation?

Our program speakers will address cyber exposures and how insurance will help manage cyber risk including:

  • Understanding the latest cyber exposures that have been identified
  • The insurance products in the marketplace and how to differentiate among them
  • Navigating the application and underwriting process for cyber insurance
  • Identification of insurance policy provisions that are more beneficial
  • Where insurance fits into your plan in responding to a cyber breach or loss
  • Tips to obtain coverage promptly in the event of a loss
  • Ways to persuade insurers to pay the fair value of your claim or loss

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How does your business minimize its risk and liabilities in contractual relationships with vendors, contractors, and others? Your contracts may contain “additional insured” provisions that protect your business under another organization’s general liability insurance policy. You might even be engaged in such an arrangement. But do you know enough to make sure your interests are protected?

Join the lawyers from Lowenstein Sandler’s Insurance Recovery practice and a broker from Lockton Companies who work closely with these issues to gain answers to these and other questions as we explore how to identify, minimize, and avoid additional insured coverage risks.

Attend this session to learn about these and other issues:

  • The relationship between contractual indemnification provisions and insurance.
  • How to preserve coverage in the event of claims or potential claims.
  • The rights of the additional insured vis-a-vis the named insured.
  • Scope of coverage under additional insured provisions.
  • Commonly asserted coverage defenses to additional insured coverage.
  • Recent and relevant court decisions.
  • How to spot narrow policy language.


This webinar takes place 2-3 p.m.

NOTE: We have developed a brief survey to understand your company’s additional insured practices. We would appreciate your response and will share key findings during the webinar. Please copy and paste this link into your browser for the survey: https://lowensteinsandler.typeform.com/to/KvraGX

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

Maximizing Insurance Coverage for Cyber Losses: Two New Decisions Highlight Potential Recovery Sources
Lowenstein Sandler LLP, July 2018

Businesses prudently and increasingly purchase stand-alone cyber insurance policies to manage the risk of cyber breaches and attacks. Two decisions from separate U.S. Courts of Appeals in the past two weeks highlight the fact that in-house counsel and risk managers should look to their organizations’ traditional insurance policies as a source of potential coverage for cyber-related losses. Spec’s Fam. Partners, Ltd. v. Hanover Ins. Co...

Additional Articles

    California Decision Shows That Companies May Obtain Insurance Coverage for Wage and Hour Claims, December 5, 2016
    Coverage for Suits Alleging Infringement of Business Method Advertising Patents, August 2, 2012
    Cyber Insurance Considerations for the Energy Sector, March 2015

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